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Saturday's Daily Dosage - Gulutzan, Yeo, Parise...

The Stars announced the hiring of Glen Gulutzan as their new head coach.  He was the coach for the Texas Stars the past two seasons and had some success... taking the team to the Calder Cup final in 2009/10.  Looking back at his results in the AHL & ECHL over the past few years, you really understand that this guy is all about defense, offense does not appear to be his forte.  This is how he describes his own style:

I think the best way to describe that philosophy is a hard, two-way game that has some tempo.

... "two-way game" is usually coachspeak for "defend at all costs".  Not that Dallas was an offensive juggernaut last season (they were 17th in goals & 28th in shots) but I'd expect that Gulutzan's hiring combined with the impending loss of Brad Richards (and no major acquisitions due to budget constraints) means that this team will leave some goals on the table next year.  [Defending BigD with good stuff on his coaching style

Gulutzan wasn't the only AHL coach to get a promotion yesterday as the Wild named Mike Yeo their new head coach.  He was their coach in Houston this year and led the team to the Calder Cup final.  We don't know as much about him as he was only a head coach for one season after spending five years as an assistant in Pittsburgh.  It sounds like Yeo will also have a defensive philosophy and while that might be the prudent approach given the roster he's inherited, it's not going to help fantasy GMs as the Wild were already 26th in goals & 30th in shots this year.  [Mike Russo with more on Yeo]

Word comes out now that Nathan Horton was playing with a separated shoulder before he suffered the concussion that knocked him out of the playoffs.  He injured his shoulder in game #7 against Tampa but ended up scoring the GWG later in the game... no wonder he was such a huge inspiration for the team in the final. 

The Devils have elected to take Zach Parise to arbitration, mostly to prevent him from signing an offer sheet with another team.  The Predators have done the same with Shea Weber.  I'd say that Weber is more likely to sign a long-term deal before his hearing but both teams will be working to get something done.

There's a little snag in the Rangers plans to buy-out Chris Drury, apparently his knee is so bad that he might not be able to play this coming season... either way, you should follow through and purge him from your fantasy team asap.

It will be an interesting next few weeks for the Hurricanes as some of their bigger names are heading towards becoming UFAs.  It sounds like they're trying to bring Erik Cole back but Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen and Chad LaRose could all hit the market.  Assuming the Canes don't make a big splash on the FA market (they do have a lot of cap space), guys like Jamie McBain, Zach Boychuk & Zac Dalpe should be given major roles next season. [more]

Hockey Canada released the list of invites for it's summer development camp which goes a long way to determining the 2012 WJC squad.  All the big names will be there but there were a few guys that I thought got snubbed and at least deserved to be at the camp.   It's hard to imagine that Calvin Pickard is not one of the best four goalies eligible.  Brad Ross could fill that valuable Steve Ott/Downie role.  Where's Zack Phillips???.  Snub-city for all three as they said they wanted a more skilled (and by result smaller) team this year and yet no invite for Jordan Weal